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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Smith

I am responsible, along with my assistant, Lesley, for organising all resident activities such as arts and crafts, poetry and reading groups, arranging outings in our mini bus and much, much more.

It gives me such a thrill to make every day special and fun for residents. Finding something for everyone is always my goal - from meetings with the University of the Third Age, doing exercises, art, singing or simply chatting to residents in their rooms. Making every day meaningful is my aim.
I count myself lucky to have such a fun job!

Activities at Wadhurst Manor

On a weekly basis we have many visitors to the home from the people like the University of the Third age and local small animal farms, who bring in their chickens and sheep. We also like to go out shopping and on day trips to local garden centres and when the weather is good picnics and tours of the beautiful local countryside. We have speciality days at the home which could be a theme of a country, or for specific times of year, including Halloween, Bonfire Night or Christmas. We have card games and art classes and a serious knitting team in the home who produce blankets and premature baby clothes for the local maternity unit.

 

Life at our home

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National Storytelling Week

What a wonderful time we had when we visited Sacred Heart School as part of National Story Telling week. We started off by watching year 2 acting out and reciting Little Red Riding Hood. Then the year 1 children split up into groups, with one resident joining each group to look at and read their favourite stories with them.

It was so fun to watch everyone smiling and laughing. We then met back together for refreshments and all recited nursery rhymes. We hope that this was the first of many such visits!

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Out to the Theatre

We were kindly invited to watch Stonegate Amateur Dramatic's Society's (SADS) dress rehearsal for Oliver. Seven residents, some accompanied by their families, went to watch the show. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed it, with one relative commenting that it was as good as anything they had seen in the West End! We would all like to thank SADS for their invitation and hope that some of the cast will come in and sing for us one day.

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Drum Workshop

Wadhurst Manor residents were treated to an afternoon of fun when musician, Jo, came in with over 20 drums. After a short talk and demonstration the fun began; residents tapped out rhythms together and also listened to and recalled different beats.

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Burns Night

Despite a slight hitch in our Burns Night celebrations, they turned out to be our best yet, with Robbie Burns' poems been read out by residents and guests alike. Everyone then joined in with a toast before tucking into haggis, neeps and tatties, which were washed down with a wee dram of whiskey, followed by some Scottish dancing.

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Alpaco Band

We always love a good song and dance and the Alpaco Band always proves very popular. We even got everyone joining in with what has become our home anthem: 'Sweet Caroline'.

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School Concert

School concerts are always a firm favourite and Stonegate School did not disappoint us when they came in to sing the songs from their Christmas concert. The theme of their concert was Christmas songs from around the world.

Afterwards, Marian presented the children with one of our very popular sweetie rings and the children split into groups to chat with residents. Marian sang 'I Could Have Danced All Night' and Pat taught them a short dance routine. 

It was a great success and they promised to come back and visit us in the new year.

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Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

We know meal times can be lonely for some older people.

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Room Hire

We have a room available for weekly or monthly hire to members of the local community.

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What's on in February?

There's lots of fun activities lined up throughout February here at Wadhurst Manor.

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Time for a cuppa

Pop in for a chat with our team, have a cuppa and enjoy some delicious cakes!

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01892 629 528

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 01892 786 700

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